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The factory installed sub woofer in my truck is shallow - wimpy at best. The system is supplied by Alpine. My dealer informs me that Alpine does not have an upgrade available for this truck. Consequently, the aftermarket will have to be the solution. Recommendations would be appreciated.
 

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Ill be interested to see suggestions cause I've got the Alpine 9 speaker system and subwoofer and think it's awesome.
 

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JL Audio 8w3 with a Zapco ST1 amp. You may be able to go with a Zapco i250.2 amp but its not 2 ohm mono stable and the woofer only comes in dual 4ohm voice coils so you would need to run it at 8 ohm cutting the amp to half power compared to the ST1 which is 2 ohm stable on mono. These amps will give you the power and option to add some more low range without changing the head unit. This is if you want to use the factory space provided and not go more custom. This gear is not cheap and there are reasons for it...you can go cheaper but if I were you I would keep what I have.

Here is a link to a 12w3 install..the ST1amp would work as well but a new head unit would be recommended with 6 volt outputs and sub volume control...not bass but sub out put.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=naK-GH8faRU&feature=fvwrel

Another with two 10s (non JL) and factory unit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nn5BRgtcQu8&feature=related
 

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Huge fan of pioneer products myself which will be contrary to what most people will tell you in the shops. They have piercing highs and nice rich mids. Lows I would leave to a decent sub though. I like Elite line of pioneer too as they have better everything. From head unit, to amps, to speakers pioneer is one of my faves. Subs, I like soundstream, Kicker, and JL.
 

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MTX has their thunderform which will go under the rear seat. MTX also has the most efficient subs on the market (atleast readily available without being over the top in price) and I have been thoroughly impressed with them time and time again.
Alpine is awesome at head units and components but until you get into a Type R or Type X sub they are inferior.
JL has built a reputation on quality and clarity but I really have not seen a benefit from them especially on cost compared to MTX.
 

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If you'll simply adjust your front/rear fader to bring up the rear speakers - you'll hear the sub. I was skeptical until I tried it on my factory sub. The front speakers at the center position will overpower the rears and you won't hear the sub.

Set it 2 notches or 3 towards the rear and you'll notice a big difference. Also, set back the midrange by 2 notches.

Darin
 

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MOst people decide to go with a foxbox and either alpine type Rs or Kicker L5s. Everyone raves about them once they get that setup. I like too much bass and have taken out sections of my rear seat for my box, but most dont want to go that far


MTX also has the most efficient subs on the market (atleast readily available without being over the top in price)


That is a pretty bold statement. There are tons of speaker manufacturers that would leave MTX in the dust for the same if not less money...
 

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MOst people decide to go with a foxbox and either alpine type Rs or Kicker L5s. Everyone raves about them once they get that setup. I like too much bass and have taken out sections of my rear seat for my box, but most dont want to go that far






That is a pretty bold statement. There are tons of speaker manufacturers that would leave MTX in the dust for the same if not less money...
I have had the others and have never had another brand that holds up, many that have hit harder or deeper but they simply weren't comparable (w7 and solo-baric, and a brief stint with a type x) to the 4500 round 10's. We installed the MTX squares after my brother's SL7s blew and have not had any issues and they sound better. This is also pairing the speakers with the amps the manufacturers built to drive them, so the amps weren't the issue. In my experience MTX has been the best in terms of performance per $ and longevity. I've been running these for over 6 years off and on, they were the first subs I bought and I used them to "fill in" between high powered components. They just plain work, sound great, and last.
 

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Entry level DC Audio, Sundown, RE subs would walk all over MTX stuff. Heck Sundowns flagship SA-12 is only an extra 40 more than the accplaimed type Rs and will handle exponential more power while putting out better sound.
 
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